The Start of Something Wonderful
Arts and crafts have always been a part of the ALS. In the early years, we were fortunate enough to have an ALS staff person who happened to also be an artist that could hold classes periodically, but when they retired and the art requests kept increasing, it was time to look at doing something a bit different. We knew this was a program that our clients enjoyed and excelled at so it was important to TECH to find a way for growth....a vision was quickly created.
Brenda Maxey, President/CEO of TECH, reached out to the TECH Board of Directors for assistance with our vision. She had purchased a silk scarf by a person with disabilities from an organization called Opportunity Village in Las Vegas and wanted help figuring out how to make that opportunity available to the people TECH serves. The response from the board was overwhelmingly positive and many spent hours doing research on the art of painting silk and setting dyes, leading us to experiment with the TECH clients at the ALS. With the help of grant money and TECH funds, equipment was purchased and we all learned together how to paint silk scarves and ties. We also added classes where basic art skills were taught and developed. Local artist, Julie Black, began volunteering her time each week, teaching classes on painting. This time of week quickly became known as "TECH Tuesday" to many of those on social media. People looked to see what was happening with the TECH clients. Our clients LOVED it!
This all hands on deck approach and support from our TECH Board and the community is what has made the TECH Art Program what it is today. While we still offer silk scarves and ties for sale, our TECH Artists have expanded into other mediums and original paintings and prints are definitely the most popular items these days.
Participating in the TECH Art Program
If you choose to participate in the TECH Art Program, you will receive coaching from a TECH Art Coach, who guides and teaches you about different art media, expanding your abilities every day. The final pieces are then available for sale in the TECH Art Gallery as well as online at www.TECHincartgallery.com. The TECH Artists' retain 80% of the proceeds from the sale of their artwork.
How to purchase TECH Artwork
You can shop online at www.TECHincartgallery.com or visit the TECH Art Gallery at 10 East 1st Avenue in Downtown Hutchinson.
Read stories about the TECH Art Program in our Newsroom here.